2 June 2017 • by the Municipality of Zoetermeer
Property owners go ahead with continued development of Dutch Innovation Park
Five property owners are teaming up with The Hague University of Applied Sciences and the Municipality of Zoetermeer for the continued development of the Dutch Innovation Park, a cluster of ICT businesses and educational facilities located along the A12 near Zoetermeer. On Thursday, 1 June, they confirmed their ambitions by signing the Dutch Innovation Park Ambition Document during Provada, a real estate trade fair.
The Dutch Innovation Park has all it takes to become a modern, highly esteemed campus area: it houses a flourishing Dutch Innovation Factory facilitating the education of more than 500 IT students enrolled at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, prominent and involved technology companies (as well as startups and scaleups), the Big Data Innovatiehub, and the Cyber Security Research Group. Internationally renowned companies such as Siemens and Teleplan are also located in one part of the park known as the Dutch Tech Campus.
A willingness to invest
The Dutch Innovation Park already has a powerful cluster of businesses and educational facilities working on applied ICT innovations, particularly in the areas of health and welfare, cybersecurity and mobility. The investment parties see the synergy at the park as having great value for both the economic development of the companies and the position of Zoetermeer in the region. Unsurprisingly, there is a willingness to invest apparent among the private sector and the Metropolitan Region Rotterdam – The Hague (MRDH). The MRDH, for example, is investing in a regional research centre for big data known as the Big Data Innovatiehub.
By both stimulating this synergy and making physical and spatial improvements, the investment parties aim to have the Dutch Innovation Park serve as a magnet for new economic activity, employment opportunities, talent and education. Charlie Aptroot, Mayor of Zoetermeer: ‘We are committed to a private-public collaboration that will realise our shared ambitions. Four years ago, we started working with education and businesses to develop the Dutch Innovation Factory. We’re now extending this successful concept that links education, research and entrepreneurship to include the entire Dutch Innovation Park.’
The parties agreed to collaborate on producing a planning strategy for the area by this autumn that will devote attention to such aspects as creating logical and attractive connections with the park’s surroundings, the new intercity station and the Bleizo transport hub. The plan will also address the quality of the area’s public green areas, balanced parking solutions, space for extending educational facilities, and possibilities for facilitating housing (including student housing) within the area. An implementation plan for the short and long terms will be completed by the end of this year.